Kilnsey Show, the biggest one-day agricultural show in the country,
goes ahead as planned next Tuesday, August 28.
The event, one of the best known of its kind in the northern calendar,
attracts competitors, exhibitors and visitors from near and far,
and was until recently in jeopardy following the latest foot and
While there has been no option but to cancel sheep and cattle classes,
organisers Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society, have pulled put
out all the stops to ensure that the 109th show and sports, staged
in the shadow of the famous Kilnsey Crag, north of Skipton, proceeds
Show chairman Robert Lambert stressed: “The main message
we want to get out there is that the show goes on. We’ve
raised £25,000 this year, which will ensure that the event
remains a true showcase for Uplands farming.
“To compensate for the loss of sheep and cattle, we have
laid on some top-notch last minute new attractions, including the
Yorkshire Xtreme Trials Motor Bike Display Team, dog-and-ducks
gathering and special displays by the emergency services.
“There is little doubt that Kilnsey Show once more promises
to be a day for all the family and we again look forward to welcoming
regular and new visitors.”
All-day horse events – show jumping, shires, hunters and
harness racing – will be supported by displays of vintage
tractors and agricultural machinery, a dry stone walling competition,
angling demonstrations and birds of prey showpiece.
In addition, a vast array of local produce and handicrafts will
fall under the spotlight, plus 90 trade stands and 40 food stalls.
The annual sports include the celebrated – and tortuous -
Kilnsey Crag race.
A major highlight this year is the launch of the Food and Farming
REAL showcase, which shines the spotlight on the vital role and
positive contribution hill farming communities make to modern-day
life. It will allow visitors to gain a valuable insight into the
importance of the Uplands and what happens behind the scenes – from
the view you see to the food on your plate.
REAL stands for all the different areas to which hill farming communities
contribute - Rural & Regeneration, Education & Environment,
Agriculture & Arts, Local & Leisure. The REAL marquee will
see demonstrations taking place throughout the day, along with
a number of guest speakers, including local farmer Roy Nelson,
star of “The Real Emmerdale” television series.
To be officially opened at 9.30am by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire,
REAL also features a Northern Dales Farmers’ Market marquee
packed with local food and drink producers, a Cookery Theatre with
demonstrations by leading local chefs, plus an arts and culture
marquee showcasing farming, rural crafts and skills.
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